Tuesday, November 8, 2011

A Thrilling But Careful Examination of Two Fragile, Determined Women

Mine by Robert R. McCammon (Pocket Books, 1990, 442pp.)

Mary Terrell misses the Sixties. Back then, the Doors were still in their prime, drugs were plentiful, and Mary and the other members of the radical “Storm Front” militant group took a stand against the evils of capitalism and Big Brother. Now thirty years after a violent confrontation with the FBI forced the group to scatter into hiding, Mary is a washed-up, mentally unstable forty-something who flips burgers at a minimum wage job. She finally decides to fulfill her dream of reuniting with Lord Jack, her long lost lover and the Front’s former Charles Manson-wannabe leader. Well past her child-bearing years and determined to reclaim her stolen youth, Mary kidnaps a newborn baby from a local hospital and strikes out for California to present Lord Jack with “their” son. But Laura Claybourne, the mother of the infant in question, is certainly not going to give up her first born child without a fight. A high-octane thrill ride as well as a nostalgic glance back at the 1960s, Mine is a unique novel that grabs the reader by the throat and refuses to let go until the last page of its riveting conclusion. Winner of the 1990 Bram Stoker Award for Best Novel.

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